First, a story. I keep buying editions of Warhammer 40K right before new editions are announced, mostly because I don’t go to Bell of Lost Souls or Dakkadakka enough to keep up on all the trends. I also bought Third Edition D&D right before 3.5 was announced.
And, apparently, I’ve done the same thing with Labyrinth Lord. Admittedly I did not buy LL, I just paid $11 to get the free pdf and have it bound, but sure enough, they are creating a new edition not to have a major rules overhaul (since it is just a B/X clone) but to correct errata.
My question is, for the people who did pay $30 to get a bound copy from Lulu in say, the last two months, what is Goblinoid Games’ responsibility to them? As a side note, Goblinoid Games has yet to submit on their website a list of said errata–you have to go hunting for a thread on their forums to see what all the hubbub is about. I guess the one good thing I can say is that at least they aren’t going in the direction of Troll Lord Games who, having not released a pdf at all, have done no less than three “reprintings” of their Castles & Crusades RPG, each a correction of errata and rules clarification of the previous “printing.”
My point is this: if you, a game publisher, have made the decision to release a new edition of your rulebook, or supplement, or whatever, I think there’s a moral mandate to stop selling the previous, inaccurate one or at least notify potential customers that there is a new one in the works. Otherwise you’re creating this window where your current customer isn’t going to become a future customer.